Post # 1
Wedding date sept 9..
i asked a florist for the least expensive in season flowers to give me the looks I wanted as I cannot afford elaborate flowers for our wedding.
Color flowers are white and blush.
i suggested she mix in white and blush carnations with in season flowers.
she told me that carnations are impossible to work with as the stems often snap. Is this true? I have not heard this before.
she said my best option Are rosee.
also, she said it would be extremely expensive to cover the arbor we are getting married under with a garland of flowers and less greenery As they must be wrapped.
i suggested again, to use carnations and inexpensive flowers, don’t wrap- rather place on top and in front-top of the harbor / rail (railing has 4 steps) to take up less linear feet. I’ll supply thin green Velcro to hold in place. She looked at my like I was crazy. I do this all the time for my Christmas garland on the stairs? What’s the difference?
is what she saying true about carnations? Any other ideas u have if it is?
is it cheaper to find faux flower garland for this? I’ve looked online and what I’ve found looks very chinsy. u want it to look Full…
thus the carnations? Am I being taken advantage of or is she for real?
Post # 2
find another florist. maybe she isnt fleecing you, i dont know but carnations are always used as fillers to help with the cost. i would get at least 2 to 3 more estimates. you dont sound sold on this vendor. if you are not confident with a vendors honesty, it will bug you to no end. check out your other options.
Post # 3
When i was in High School Carnations were our schools flowers, they do break so easy, but if thats what you want thats what the florist should give you…Idk i’m not a Carnation fan at all but like I said if thats what you want, then tell her so…
Post # 4
- Wedding: garden/backyard - July 9, 2016
Yeah I would get a second and third opinion. I have never heard that about carnations – they are usually used as a workhorse in arrangements and such because they last forever and look amazing en mass…and they are cheaper so you can afford to do it. Sounds to me like she’s just looking at how to make the most money off of you. Let us know how it turns out!
Post # 5
i don’t want to use carnation as a main flower but lots of filler To save on cost. I read you can bunch them up and create a faux peony look…? I think you guys are all correct. She was quick to become defensive and change her tone when I showed her my ideas and said “my goal is to find the least expensive in season flowers to achieve the disired affect. i need to find out if I need to go w/ the venue vendors or if I can find my own… Frustrated!
Post # 6
My daughter wanted centerpieces made of flower balls, on top of tall, cylinder vases. We showed the florist the photos we had of balls made of mostly carnations and mostly hydrangeas. She said the ones with mostly carnations would be more expensive, since they needed more and they’re a lot smaller. She ended up with hyndrangea with added roses (English Garden?). At the end of August, peonies would have been $35 per stem.
Post # 7
Roses are there go to. I hate them and they are always very expensive. I think you know she is taking advantage. Here is an article on cheap flower you might like. https://www.theknot.com/content/top-ten-inexpensive-flowers
I went with succulents because I simple did not want to pay the flower costs. I have a brooch bouquet and the girls will have butterfly bouquets. It was so much cheaper and my bouquet really mean something.
Ok my tangent sorry. Find another florist. I was told to look a 3. A good number. Without having too many options.
Post # 8
My florist had no problems adding carnations for bulk. She’s pretty skilled and did not mention anything about them being difficult to work with. I love carnations and think they get a bad rap!
Post # 9
If you want something as elaborate as that arbor I would expect to pay a minimum of $500 just for that piece. That’s extremely full and labor intensive.
Post # 10
I also know that florists use wire sometimes to reinforce stems on flowers that break more easily in order to avoid breakage in arrangements. I say look for someone else because this florist is just looking to make the most $ out of you, and she might not do a great job if she’s already giving you so many excuses/alternatives.
Post # 11
I find you save with hydrangeas. Carnations are cheap, but you have to have a lot of them to fill the same, so they end up costing more then you’d think. Have you considered DIY’ing to save money?
Post # 12
It seems like she’s a bit inflexible. I think hydrangeas are the cheapest route becuase of their size. Carnations are small, so it takes a lot to fill the space. So in the end, you end up spending more.
Have you thought about DIY’ing to save money?
Post # 13
I would say even more than $500. I’m spending $500 on flowers, and that is only for my and bridesmaids’ bouquets, corsages and boutineers, AND I’m doing them myself (purchasing the flowers from a wholesaler–our centerpieces are included in our venue contract). That is a lot fo flowers that have to be prepared, made into a garland, and stored properly until they can be attached to the arbor.
Also, she might have said it has to be wrapped because of the weight of the flowers. I can’t imagine that velcro is going to be able to hold up a garland of that size.
Carnations do snap easily.
All that being said, it is always a good idea to get multiple quotes. What is your flower budget?
Post # 14
Are you opposed to baby’s breath? It can be a good filler, fits your color scheme, and is inexpensive.
Post # 15
It wouldn’t hurt to get a second opinion, but I do tend to believe that carnation stems are stiff and not really the best for a garland like that.
I would expect this garland to be very very heavy, hence the velcro you use to hold up a christmas garland wouldn’t cut it. I would also expect a garland like the one in your photo to be very, very expensive. PP have estimated $500 but I think that’s a low estimate (and if you’re somewhere like San Francisco, Boston or NYC I would think you’re looking at $1000 or more). That’s an awful lot of flowers, and a heck of a lot of manual labor.
Your best bet would be a mix of high-quality fakes and real fresh flowers.
You may want to ask the florist to show you what they can offer in your price range rather than using a highly stylized Style Me Pretty photo as your starting-off point. A lot of the stuff on SMP is in price ranges that very few of us can even dream of.